Establishing a garden design plan is critical to your backyard landscaping ideas.
This is especially true in developing a perennial garden design. The right flowers add color and beauty to your backyard landscape.
I can hear what you are saying now. This is the first part of December. Why in the world is this guy talking about perennial flowers. Has he lost his mind? Most areas have already seen a frost while others have even had a freeze by now.
This happens to be one of my favorite gardening periods of the year. In fact, it lasts all winter. It is the time to come up with some great backyard landscaping ideas.
Now is the time to put together a garden design plan. There’s absolutely no pressure. There are no imminent deadlines. You won’t be planting anything for several months.
You can take your time and determine how you will plant your garden areas the following spring. You can go through garden and nursery catalogs and decide which perennial flowers you will grow.
I thoroughly enjoy that activity since these catalogs contain so much good information. You can also look online to find perennial flowers that that do well in your geographic location and in your backyard soil and light conditions.
A perennial garden design is trickier than planning an annual garden.
Perennial flowers return each year. They generally bloom for no more than a month. As a result, it’s best to plant a variety of perennials so that there is constant bloom all season long.
So it’s best to select perennial flowers based on their blooms, their foliage, and the time and duration of blooming. Where you plant perennials will be fairly permanent.
On the other hand, most annuals die by the end of the year. So you can develop a brand new garden plan for the next year.
It’s important to remember that perennials tend to expand and grow larger each year.
It’s best to plant a variety of perennials together that have different blooming periods. By doing that, you should have some flowers coming into the peak blooming period at the same time blooms of other plants are fading.
Perennial flowers come in many different colors. This is one reason why growing perennials is so much fun. You can have a garden design plan with a color combination of perennials during one month and have a completely different color combination the following month. Your backyard landscape design will always be changing.
The second part on this topic will discuss how to develop your garden design plan for perennials.